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Bold & Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes: 15 Unstructured Designs That Fit and Flatter Every Shape, and Are Simple to Make Paperback – April 2, 2013
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"For those who fancy that loose linen look, and for women seeking clothing that is both stylish and modest, this book is an absolute godsend, and will be deeply appreciated." ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
HABIBE ACIKGOZ creates stylish clothes for modern women. Designed to suit all ages and body types, she takes elements of traditional dress from the Ottoman empire and uses them to embellish garments which appeal to women around the world. Habibe was born in Turkey and studied pattern-making and tailoring before moving to London in 2000. After working as a dressmaker for three years, she began designing clothes and selling them at design fairs through specialist boutiques and online.
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I don't mean to discourage anyone, but these styles are not for beginning sewists. Many have quite a number of pattern pieces. Their complicated shapes mean any lengthening or shortening will likely have to be done in more than one place on each pattern piece. The tunic hems with all the narrow dangling points, the crenellated front closures, the fancy pleated panels, and some other details are just not going to look as neat as the ones in the photos unless you have some experience. And although fabric layouts and basic assembly instructions are given for each pattern, this book does not teach you many of the techniques you'll need. However, intermediate sewists should have no problem.
The patterns are provided not only on a CD, but graphed in the book. The graphs *should* be convenient for people who happen to be about the right size (after all, lagenlook is not close fitting) and don't want to spend a long session accurately taping numerous 8 1/2" inch by 11" inch pieces of paper together before even cutting out. And to people who have somehow lost their CD. However, the graphs are useless because they assume you are enlarging onto pattern paper with 3/4" squares, not 1" squares which is how it's actually printed. The 3/4" squares don't work out to anything even in the metric system either, so don't bother hunting for metric pattern paper as a workaround. Just buy a lot of Scotch tape before you use this book.
So I am really nervous about making the attempt. If I do it, I will probably make it in muslin (rather than the linen recommended ) as a trial and see if I can figure it out. I like the design enough to make the attempt!
The author has spent a lot of time making the book easy to read and as user friendly as possible. It is well laid out. There are instructions referenced throughout the book. The designs are lovely. An experienced sewer would probably have no problems working things out - but for me - with that many skirt pattern pieces, in a complicated design(there are eight front and back curved and flat panels, and those panels are joined to two other panels and then to a yoke and then to hem pieces, more visual aid of some of the construction would be helpful.
There is a CD included that contains all the patterns in various sizes ( a nice touch)
I just wish I could trust the "easy -sew clothes" claim on the front of the book. It certainly is "Bold and Beautiful"
1. The patterns are great, unusual, well thought out.
2. The patterns fit Big. I've had to go down 2 sizes and make small shoulder adjustments for both and they are still loose and flowy.
3. The patterns waste a lot of paper. I would say it's about 60% pattern| 40% waste. I've used PDF patterns from many companies and not seen this much waste. On top of that, it makes a Huge sheet of paper before cutting out the pieces, making it difficult to tape the big items like the dress.
4. I think it was the "Easy Tunic", just three pattern pieces, front and back and sleeves. The left and right side should be symmetrical, they aren't. I've put together maybe 40 PDF patterns? I'm good at it. The pattern was skewed about 3". I just picked a side. Folded the pattern piece in half and placed it on the fold. I was worried about the sleeves because I had 2" left over on either side making the sleeve 4" narrower than called for. Remember I went down to sizes? I usually have to do a full bicep adjustment but they fit great.
5. I've had to add 4" to the length of both garments.
Still 4 stars, For the value and beautiful designs.